by Riverann Polinard, Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village
Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village in Sedona is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Embraced by giant sycamores, its old world architectural charm serves as a welcome retreat for those escaping the scorching temperatures of summer.
Tlaquepaque is home to 15 fine art galleries, a variety of great restaurants, dessert eateries and unique artisan shopping. Often referred to as the “Art and Soul” of Sedona; a year-round calendar of colorful, engaging events is reason to bring the whole family.
Summer in Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village features weekly performances by Gaetano and Friends. This masterful group of musicians plays a fusion of flamenco guitar and spicy Latin rhythms with enchanting vocal accompaniment. Find them on Patio de Las Companas — Sunday through Tuesday evenings 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month until October; Tlaquepaque collaborates with Sonoran Reptiles to offer educational presentations. These hands-on-events introduce a variety of native and nonnative lizards, snakes and tortoises to children and adults. Learn about desert reptilians and take photos with them in the special architecture of the village.
The first Friday of every month, Tlaquepaque’s galleries stay open late. From 4 to 7 p.m., art lovers enjoy receptions with wine, music, poetry and opportunities to meet artists in residence sharing their beautiful interpretative works.
On Saturdays, June 24, and Sept. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Patio del Norte, Tlaquepaque hosts an exciting new event — Free to Be Me Drum Circles. A volunteer nonprofit charity benefiting kids and elders with special needs, the group created the concept and facilitates the production.
Renowned drummer and percussionist Sabina Sandoval will professionally lead the drumming circles. This is a free public event with drums and percussion provided. Volunteers will be available to assist adults and children with fun rhythmic drumming and games. They encourage the audience to join in song or dance as the participants celebrate the freedom they explore in the drum circle.
A trip to Sedona isn’t complete without a visit to Tlaquepaque. It’s more than fabulous fine art galleries, a unique shopping experience and wonderful restaurants. It’s an ever-changing adventure for the whole family/
Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, 336 AZ-179. Open daily at 10 a.m. For more information, call 928.282.4838 or visit www.tlaq.com.